Prime Minister Peter O’Neill last night called on Australia to stop discriminating against Papua New Guineans when it comes to the issue of visas for travellers. He said the Australian govern-ment must seriously review visa requirements and make these requirements fairer. “After 43 years of nationhood, the people of Papua New Guinea are entitled to expect the relationship with our closest neighbour to be one of maturity and respect,” Mr O’Neill said. “The difficulties Papua New Guineans have in obtaining visas to visit Australia discriminate against our people and totally disregards the historical relationship we share. Mr O’Neill said the record of Papua New Guineans in complying with visa requirements in Australia was excellent. “We have to wonder what some officials in the Australian bureaucracy are worried about,” he said. “There is no evidence to justify the impositions placed on Papua New Guineans seeking a visa. “Papua New Guineans do not overstay their visas in Australia, we always return to our families and our provinces. Even when we pass away our bodies are returned to our homes for burial. “Why do Papua New Guineans have to jump through hoops while hundreds of thousands of people from places such as the… Read full this story
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